Africa's week in pictures: 17-24 May 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week.
Image copyright AFP Image caption Wearing a multi-coloured skirt typically used in the dance, an Egyptian performs the Tanoura at el-Ghuri Culture Palace in Cairo... Image copyright AFP Image caption The dance, which incorporates the Sufi technique of whirling, is popular across the Middle East. Image copyright EPA Image caption While a Syrian group performs during the Festival de La Medina in Tunisia's capital Tunis. Image copyright AFP Image caption The royal seat of the Kingdom of Dahomey in what is present-day Benin is seen at a museum in France's capital Paris. Benin is demanding the return of treasures taken during colonial rule. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In Mbandaka city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a vendor holds some bush meat in a market. The city has been hit by Ebola, which can be spread when ..
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in collaboration with the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the European Union (EU) and have launched the regional programme on “Improving the Energy Governance in West Africa (AGoSE-AO) ” on 22nd May, 2018 in Abuja,Nigeria.
The energy governance programme in West Africa should allow the region to meet all the challenges which hamper universal access to energy and a sustainable energy mix in West Africa. It aims to consolidate the foundations to enable West African States to achieve the three objectives of the UN initiative “Sustainable Energy for All” or SEforALL for 2030: ensure universal access to modern energy services, doubling energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
The ECOWAS Commissioner for Energy and Mines, Mr. Sédiko Douka emphasized in his remarks during the launch of the programme, that accessibility to electricity is one of the key challenge in the r..
South Africa's Ramaphosa gives half his pay to Mandela charity Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cyril Ramaphosa is popular in business circles South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will be donating half of his salary to charity.
Mr Ramaphosa said the gesture was aimed at encouraging the wealthy to dedicate some of their pay to help build the nation.
The donation of 1,6m rand ($130,000; £100,000) will be managed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF).
Mr Ramaphosa is one of South Africa's richest men, with a fortune of around $450m.
His critics often accuse him of being out of touch with the poor, and he was criticised for bidding more than $2m for a buffalo and her calf in 2012.
Mr Ramaphosa, 65, was a businessman before he became deputy president in 2012.
He held a stake in sectors from telecoms and the media to beverages and fast food - he owned the South African franchise of the US chain, McDonalds).
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Boko Haram crisis: Amnesty accuses Nigeria troops of rape Image copyright Reuters Image caption Troops have been fighting the militants for almost a decade Nigerian soldiers have raped women and girls who fled the insurgency by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, Amnesty International has said.
Troops separated women from their husbands and raped them, sometimes in exchange for food, in refugee camps, the rights group added.
Thousands of people have also starved to death in the camps in north-eastern Nigeria since 2015, Amnesty said.
Nigeria's military has dismissed the allegations as malicious and false.
"These false reports, which are capable of derailing the good work being done by our patriotic and selfless soldiers, must stop," the military said in a statement.
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More than 30,000 people have been killed in the conflict,..
Itai Dzamara: The man who stood up to Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and vanished Image copyright Kumbirai Mafunda Itai Dzamara was one of the most outspoken critics of Robert Mugabe before his disappearance. Three years later, his loved ones are still waiting for answers. Kim Chakanetsa reports from Zimbabwe.
Sheffra Dzamara has not seen her husband Itai Dzamara in more than three years. Her life changed irrevocably on the morning of 9 March 2015 when Mr Dzamara was abducted.
Since then, she has lived a life in limbo, veering between hope and despair, unsure whether he is alive or dead.
'I have to smile'Despite his absence, Mr Dzamara is still very much a presence in the house they shared off a quiet street in Harare's Glen Norah Neighbourhood.
In the corner of her living room is a large framed photo taken in a park on a sunny day.
In it, Mr Dzamara and his wife stand side-by-side, smiling. A snapshot of a happier, easier time.
Life since her husband disappeared ha..
Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: Patients 'taken to church' Image copyright AFP Image caption Ebola can cause fatal bleeding from internal organs Three Ebola patients left a treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo after their families demanded to take them to church, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Two of the patients later died, while the third returned to the centre in the city of Mbandaka.
This presents a new challenge for health workers battling to stop the spread of the contagious disease, says the BBC's Anne Soy in DR Congo.
Ebola has no known cure.
Health officials fear it could spread rapidly in Mbandaka, a densely populated city of one million.
Isolation is the main way to keep the disease under control.
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Wael Abbas: Prominent Egyptian blogger 'arrested' Image copyright AFP Image caption Wael Abbas has spent more than a decade documenting alleged police abuses A prominent Egyptian activist and blogger known for documenting alleged abuses by the security forces has been detained, his lawyer says.
Heavily armed officers raided Wael Abbas's home in Cairo overnight and took him away blindfolded to an unknown location, according to Gamal Eid.
Mr Abbas himself posted on Facebook: "I am being arrested."
One report cited security officials as saying he was suspected of spreading false news and joining a banned group.
A number of bloggers and activists are reported to have been detained since President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was re-elected for a second term in March.
Human rights groups have accused Mr Sisi of overseeing an unprecedented crackdown on dissent since he led the military's overthrow of Egypt's first democratically elected leader, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013 foll..